Area: Garhwal Himalayas
Duration: 13 Days (4 day travel/9 days trekking)
Best Season: Mid May - Mid October
Altitude: 4805 mts/15755 ft
Total Trekking: 120 K.M
The Himalayan Mountains of India beckon both national and international Mountain Trekkers to enjoy the thrill of trekking, the snow-clad glaciers, lush green meadows, crystal-clear water flowing in rivers with abundance of scenic beauties and a serene atmosphere. Nandikund Trek is one of them. But the difference is, in addition to the pleasure of trekking mountain-paths, the trekkers can also visit en-route heritage and Hindu mythology-related places, temples and monuments.
The Hindu mythology believes that Lord Shiva is wielding His divine powers from the high-peaks of snowy Himalayan Mountains. In Nandikund Trek, one can get the chance of visiting Madhyamaheshwar – one of the five places, where Lord Shiva appeared for giving Darshan to Pandavas, the legendary five brothers of Mahabharat. Folklore stories go to show that Lord Shiva did not want to oblige Pandavas first, since they had committed sins of killing their own brothers; disappeared from his shrine; and re-appeared from ground, in five parts of the body in which Madhyamaheshwar is the central part of his navel and stomach, in the form of Lingam.
Actually Nandikund is a high-altitude lake located at 15748 ft. above sea-level. It is located in the Chaukhamba group of peaks and is of 1.5 kms wide. It is frozen during winter and the entire Nandikund Trek is changing by seasons. In summer, you can walk through beautiful meadows, breathtaking sceneries and dense forests, rare species of wild-life and flora and fauna all the way. At the same time, this Nandikund Trek is somewhat strenuous, to cross steep climbs and downslides, narrow ridges, and sharp-turns to augment the thrill of adventure-lovers. The popular trail preferred by many trekkers covers Madhyamaheshwar; Kachani Dhar; Pandavsera; Nandikund; Ghiya Vinayak Pass; Bansinarayan and Kalpeshwar temples.
Before commencing the Nandikund Trek, you have to reach Ukhimath from Rishikesh. Ukhimath is famous for its Omkareshwar Temple, the winter-abode of the idols of Lord Shiva – Kedarnath and Madhyamaheshwar. From here you can reach Uniyana by vehicle and get dropped 2 to 3 kms before Ransi, on a climbing uphill to reach this village by walk. From Ransi, the trail continues ascending sometimes and descending thereafter, till you reach the scenic place, Gaundhar. From there the trail continues to Bantoli and Nanu. On the ascending trail, you can view the beautiful sight of the rivers Madhyamaheshwar Ganga and Martyenda Ganga.
From Nanu to Madhyamaheshwar, the ascending trail on paved path is easier, journeying for 6 kms. The trail passes through green forests, full of grown-up trees, singing birds and rare-wildlife specimens. Till you reach Kachanidhar, you can see variety of flowers like Neelkamal, Brahmakamal and Swarnakamal etc. Kachanidhar to Pandvasera is also easier. At Pandvasera local people believe that the Pancha Pandavas resided here for long, and they dug a canal and transformed the lands into fertile ones. From Pandavsera the ascending trail will be difficult, but the lush-green meadows, scenic beauties and snow-laden glaciers viewed from here make you forget your troubles. Reaching Nandikund you can see a big and deep lake. It is the origin of Madhyamaheshwar river. Here in a small-temple for Devi Nanda, you can see swords believed to be that of the Pandavas. Overall, from start to finish you will relish the thrilling experience of Nandikund Trek.
Best time to travel to Nandi Kund Trek is in summers (May – June) and Post Monsoon (September – October).
Summer: The weather of Nandi Kund Trek remains salubrious and pleasing during summers. The Himalayas are distinctly visible and the cool breeze adds charm to the vacation. Carry woolens with you.
Post Monsoon: Serenity and solitude are at its best during post monsoon at Nandi Kund Trek. The region is blessed with snowfall during winters. You can see the best of Nandi Kund Trek during post monsoon as it looks like Heaven on earth.
Nandikund is a beautiful high altitude lake, located at an elevation of 14,500 feet. Spread over an area of 1.5 km; the lake is nestled amid the green meadows and the snow covered Chaukhamba group of peaks and Mandani Parbat.
Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
Nearest Rail Head: Haridwar Railway Station
By Road: Ukhimath, an important stopover point for the trek, can be reached by bus or taxi from the important cities of Garhwal region like Haridwar (202 km), Rishikesh (183 km), Dehradun (222 km), Devprayag (109 km), Srinagar (74.5 km) and Rudraprayag (35.3 km).
In the morning catch an AC train for Haridwar at 06:50 hrs. Arrival at Haridwar by 11:30 hrs, here meet our guide and transfer to Rishikesh by road, check into your hotel. Evening time is free for leisure activities. Overnight stay at the hotel.
In the morning after early breakfast drive to Mansuna via Devprayag, Rudraprayag and Ukhimath. The distance between Rishikesh and Mansuna is approx 230 km. We shall stop for lunch at Srinagar. Overnight stay in hotel/ Guest House.
Post breakfast, we will drive to Uniana, which is 15kms from Mansuna. This will also be our first day of our trek in which we will walk 11 kms to reach Bantoli. Lunch will be provided on the way. Overnight stay in Guest house/ Tent.
Today after the breakfast at 8.00AM, we will trek 8kms to reach Madhyamaheshwar. Arrival at Madhyamaheshwar by 12:00 Noon. We shall then go and visit Budha Madhyamaheshwar and Evening Puja at the temple. Overnight stay in Guest house/ Tent.
At 8.00AM after having breakfast, we will trek 10kms to reach Kachani Dhar. Packed Lunch will be carried along. Overnight stay in a camp in Kachani Dhar.
Today, we will trek 2kms to Kachani Tal and then Pandav Shera, which is 14kms away. Packed Lunch will be carried along. Overnight in tents at Pandav Shera.
After the breakfast, we shall head to Nandi Kund, which is at a distance of 6 kms. Overnight stay in tent at Nandi Kund.
Our trek after the breakfast will be towards Dwari Gad, which is 12kms away. Packed lunch will be carried along. Overnight stay in tents at Dwari Gad.
Today after the breakfast, we will trek to Dhaula Udiyar, which is 13kms from Dwari Gad. Packed lunch will be carried along. Overnight stay in camps in dinner.
In the morning after the breakfast, we shall trek 14kms to reach. Packed lunch will be carried along Overnight stay in Guest house/ Tent.
Our trek today will be 11kms long and will be headed to Uniana. Packed lunch will be carried along 35 km. On arrival in Uniana, we shall drive to Ukhimath. Overnight stay in a hotel in Ukhimath.
We shall drive to Rishikesh, which is 200kms from Ukhimath. Lunch will be at Srinagar.
Wake up early morning and transfer to Haridwar railway station to catch AC train for Delhi at 06:10 hrs. Arrival at Delhi by 11:45 hrs.
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You should book Nandi Kund Trek well in advance (at least 4 month prior) advance so that you get ample amount of time to prepare well for the trek.
There will be pony/porter that will carry your backpack while on trek; you only need to carry your small knapsack.
Once you book your trek with us we will give you a list of things to carry and the total weight should not cross 12 Kgs.
Our pick up and drop point for Nandi Kund Trek is New Delhi train station at platform no. 16. We will send you the train ticket and you can board train from there to Haridwar. At Haridwar our guide will pick you from train station and then from there your tour will start.
We always have an experience trekking guide who leads the trek.
Our group size is minimum 4 people and maximum 12 people with mix of men and women.
Nandi Kund Trek is a challenging trek with a maximum altitude of4805 mts/15755 ft minimum age required is 18 years.
In the month of May & June the temperature during the trek can go as low as 2 Degree Celsius during the night and September – Mid October also in minus by night and morning which will further decrease the temperature.
We plan our treks in such a way that after 6-8 hours of trekking we reach next camp in between 14:00 – 15:00 hrs time and normally trek a distance of 10-15 Kms a day.
If we have to extend the trek because of the reasons which beyond our control then additional charge may apply which are of hotel stay and food.
Diamox is indeed very helpful, but it's advisable to consult the doctor first.
Yes, it is a safe trek for girls.
Different shoes are suitable for different kinds of treks, depending on the weather, trail condition as well as duration of the trek. For warm and dry terrains, you can choose low-ankle hiking shoes. Trek boots are best for the rugged and cold condition. Trekking on the glaciers and extensive snow, on the other hand, will require trek boots with crampon-ready features. Any footwear brand that provides ankle support and comes with crampon-ready features is considered as the best for trekking.
While trekking, we serve vegetarian food rich in protein, carbohydrates and highly nutritious. Sometimes, we surprise our trekkers with tasty treats like pakora, local food, etc.
Yes, it's completely safe for drinking and even for cooking, but, to be on the safer side we always carry filters and chlorine tablets
Vehicles like Mahindra Bolero, Tata Sumo, Scorpio, Max, and Tempo Traveller are suitable for a ride on damaged Himalayan roads.
We guarantee that even if that there will one trekker we will go on that date.
Trekking on high Himalayan altitudes is always a rewarding experience. However, it is important that you should keep your safety in mind. Emergencies, like illness, AMS, storms, missteps, landslides and even avalanches, are rare but can happen anytime during the trekking, so be prepared for any random goof-ups. To deal with any emergencies your guides, who are an expert mountaineers will be there for your rescue. Your tour guide will always carry a first aid kit to deal with any medical emergencies. In the case of some rescue operation, extra charges will be borne by the trekkers.
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